Cyberspace Comics market report, reviews and more

December 11, 2019

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #112 December 2019

Filed under: Cyberspace Comics Market Report — Tags: , , , — cyberspace steve @ 10:17 am

I started selling comics full-time in 2010 and wanted to track my progress against the online back issue markets. Here’s a look at the current comics aftermarket and my progress in achieving my goal of becoming a prominent back issue dealer.

one month change one year change five year change
Listings in eBay’s comics section 5,009,159 +0.86% +18.32% +73.16%
Cyberspace Comics listings 134,575 +0.77% +18.11% +77.34%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 2.69% -0.13% -0.13% +2.54%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 259,881 +2.50% +31.88% +4.40%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 5.19% +1.53% +11.57% -39.67%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 1,080,622 -1.61% -2.69%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 21.57% -2.47% -17.75%


Total number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section

My current eBay feedback (unique): 72,042
My current eBay feedback (total): 161,175
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,567,149 -0.43% +0.41% +6.66%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 121,675 +0.41% +14.40% +68.55%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 7.76% +0.83% +14.01% +58.13%
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders 10.99% +18.05% +87.54% +96.25%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 230,372 -0.04% +3.25%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 52.82% +0.37% +10.80%


Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 193,552 +1.57% +15.74% +97.83%
Number of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive 1,413,765 +0.18% -4.43%
Number of items sold on ComicCollectorLive 2,462,535 +0.23% +4.15%
Number of stores open on ComicCollectorLive 58 -1.69% -9.38%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 487,709 +1.49% +2.43%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store: 132,022 +0.75% +18.74%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 27.07% -0.73% +15.93%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Bonanza’s Comics section 300,955 +2.84% +69.37%
Number of listings in the Cyberspace Comics Bonanza storefront section 103,533 -2.84%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on Bonanza 34.40% -5.52%

 
 

eBay‘s number of listings continues to hit all-new highs. This month, they’ve exceeded 5 million!

Atomic Avenue: This marketplace stands in sharp contrast to eBay. While eBay’s listings have grown by over 70% in the past five years, Atomic Avenue’s has achieved only 6.66% growth.

Comic Collector Live: This is another sharp contrast to eBay. CCL’s number of stores has dropped to 58. This is down from 101 stores in May 2016.

HipComic‘s number of listings have plateaud.

Bonanza‘s number of listings have increased greatly since we started listing on there this year. Up nearly 70%!






November 13, 2019

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #111 November 2019

Filed under: Cyberspace Comics Market Report — Tags: , , — cyberspace steve @ 10:00 am

I started selling comics full-time in 2010 and wanted to track my progress against the online back issue markets. Here’s a look at the current comics aftermarket and my progress in achieving my goal of becoming a prominent back issue dealer.

one month change one year change five year change
Listings in eBay’s comics section 4,966,316 +0.14% +18.14% +75.63%
Cyberspace Comics listings 133,549 +1.30% +17.29% +68.56%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 2.69% +1.09% -0.77% -3.96%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 253,538 +11.39% +43.45% +31.35%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 5.11% +11.22% +21.55% -25.25%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 1,098,342 -4.53% +0.83%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 22.12% -4.67% -14.64%


Total number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section

My current eBay feedback (unique): 71,492
My current eBay feedback (total): 159,545
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,573,924 -1.09% +1.27% +15.88%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 121,174 +1.59% +15.58% +68.55%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 7.70% +2.65% +14.06% +45.54%
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders 9.31% +33.19% +77.00% +112.07%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 230,279 -0.05% +9.08%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 52.62% +1.64% +5.96%


Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 190,560 +2.26% +14.22% +95.22%
Number of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive 1,411,268 -3.00% -4.42%
Number of items sold on ComicCollectorLive 2,456,922 +0.23% +4.32%
Number of stores open on ComicCollectorLive 59 -6.35% -9.23%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 480,533 -0.04% +1.14%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store: 131,039 +1.14% +17.91%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 27.27% +1.19% +16.59%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Bonanza’s Comics section 292,642 +25.99% +71.29%
Number of listings in the Cyberspace Comics Bonanza storefront section 106,559 +172.19%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on Bonanza 36.41% 115.97%

 
 

eBay‘s number of listings continues to hit all-new highs. Those following in recent months will find it interesting to note that MHC shed about 100,000 listings from last month.

Atomic Avenue: This marketplace stands in sharp contrast to eBay. While eBay’s listings have grown by over 75% in the past five years, Atomic Avenue’s has achieved only 16% growth.

Comic Collector Live: This is another sharp contract to eBay. CCL’s number of stores has dropped to 59. This is down from 101 stores in May 2016.

HipComic‘s number of listings have plateaud.

Bonanza‘s number of listings have increased greatly since we started listing on there this year.






October 9, 2019

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #110 October 2019

Filed under: Cyberspace Comics Market Report — Tags: , , , , , , , , — cyberspace steve @ 6:19 am

I started selling comics full-time in 2010 and wanted to track my progress against the online back issue markets. Here’s a look at the current comics aftermarket and my progress in achieving my goal of becoming a prominent back issue dealer.

one month change one year change five year change
Listings in eBay’s comics section 4,959,244 +2.33% +21.64% +77.89%
Cyberspace Comics listings 131,830 +3.23% +14.75% +78.02%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 2.66% +0.69% -4.03% +0.07%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 227,610 +0.25% +33.11% -27.21%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 4.59% -1.93% +9.28% -59.09%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 1,150,466 +0.70% +4.31%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 23.20% -1.58% -14.24%


Total number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section

My current eBay feedback (unique): 70,796
My current eBay feedback (total): 157,729
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,591,193 +11.19% +2.78% +13.31%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 119,283 +2.26% +14.51% +64.80%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 7.50% -8.02% +11.55% +45.44%
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders 6.99% -0.29% +47.78% +42.36%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 230,397 +1.52% +5.01%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 51.77% +0.73% +9.04%


Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 186,350 +1.65% +11.79% +91.38%
Number of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive 1,454,944 -0.26% -1.63%
Number of items sold on ComicCollectorLive 2,451,181 +0.43% +4.50%
Number of stores open on ComicCollectorLive 63 0.00% -12.50%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 480,713 +2.78% +1.36%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store: 129,568 +3.42% +17.65%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 26.95% +0.61% +16.08%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Bonanza’s Comics section 232,267 +24.47% +25.22%
Number of listings in the Cyberspace Comics Bonanza storefront section 39,149
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 16.86%

 
 

eBay‘s number of listings continues to hit all-new highs. Much of this increase is due to MHC trying to crowd the market. They’ve made multiple listings for the same book in the same grade at different prices. Unfortunately for them, this spike in sales has resulted in a lot of negative feedback. It also generates a lot more listing fees. They currently have the highest number of listings in eBay’s comics section. I wonder how long they’ll continue this practice.

Atomic Avenue: This marketplace stands in sharp contrast to eBay. While eBay’s listings have grown by over 75% in the past five years, Atomic Avenue’s has achieved only 13% growth.

Comic Collector Live: This is another sharp contract to eBay. CCL’s number of stores has dropped to 63. This is down from 101 stores in May 2016.

HipComic‘s number of listings have plateaud.

Bonanza‘s number of listings have increased greatly since we started listing on there this past month.






September 11, 2019

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #109 September 2019

I started selling comics full-time in 2010 and wanted to track my progress against the online back issue markets. Here’s a look at the current comics aftermarket and my progress in achieving my goal of becoming a prominent back issue dealer.

one month change one year change five year change
Listings in eBay’s comics section 4,846,136 +1.09% +15.14% +67.60%
Cyberspace Comics listings 127,706 +1.01% +14.44% +66.78%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 2.64% -0.18% -0.55% -2.28%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 227,032 -1.25% +25.54% -45.48%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 4.68% -2.40% +8.95% -67.47%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 1,142,458 +1.58% +2.17%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 23.57% -11.27% +63.71%


Total number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section

My current eBay feedback (unique): 70,208
My current eBay feedback (total): 156,137
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,431,084 -8.39% -6.84% -9.40%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 116,646 -0.03% +13.07% +58.48%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 8.15% +9.11% +21.29% +74.91%
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders 7.01% -3.44% +27.45% +38.81%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 226,942 -0.66% +3.76%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 51.40% +0.64% +8.97%


Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 183,322 +2.06% +10.04% +88.89%
Number of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive 1,458,691 -0.97% -1.39%
Number of items sold on ComicCollectorLive 2,440,590 +0.18% +4.36%
Number of stores open on ComicCollectorLive 63 -4.55% -16.00%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 467,707 +4.95% -3.60%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store: 125,289 +1.25% +15.65%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 26.79% -3.54% +19.96%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Bonanza’s Comics section 186,612 +7.75% -7.55%

 
 

eBay‘s number of listings continues to hit all-new highs. Much of this increase is due to MHC trying to crowd the market. They’ve made multiple listings for the same book in the same grade at different prices. Unfortunately for them, this spike in sales has resulted in a lot of negative feedback. It also generates a lot more listing fees. I wonder how long they’ll continue this practice.

Atomic Avenue: This marketplace stands in sharp contrast to eBay. While eBay’s listings have grown by 67% in the past five years, Atomic Avenue’s has shrunk by more than 9%.

Comic Collector Live: This is another sharp contract to eBay. CCL’s number of stores has dropped to 63. This is down from 101 stores in May 2016.

HipComic‘s number of listings have plateaud.

Bonanza‘s number of listings have plateaud, as well.






August 14, 2019

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #108 August 2019

Filed under: Cyberspace Comics Market Report — Tags: , , — cyberspace steve @ 10:00 am

I started selling comics full-time in 2010 and wanted to track my progress against the online back issue markets. Here’s a look at the current comics aftermarket and my progress in achieving my goal of becoming a prominent back issue dealer.

one month change one year change five year change
Listings in eBay’s comics section 4,794,011 +9.75% +15.28% +80.10%
Cyberspace Comics listings 126,423 +2.09% +14.13% +60.02%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 2.64% -7.04% -0.75% -11.05%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 229,912 +8.25% +30.51% -24.55%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 4.80% -1.32% +13.11% -58.12%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 1,124,640 -0.13% -0.43%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 23.46% -9.00% -13.63%


Total number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section

My current eBay feedback (unique): 69,608
My current eBay feedback (total): 154,584
My postive eBay feedback score: 100%

one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,562,142 -0.96% +1.78% -0.71%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 116,680 +1.35% +14.14% +61.71%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 7.47% +2.32% +12.15% +62.86%
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders 7.26% +27.82% +17.10% +45.49%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 228,459 +0.53% -11.50%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 51.07% +0.81% +28.97%


Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 179,625 +1.31% +7.94% +85.64%
Number of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive 1,472,968 -0.03% -0.10%
Number of items sold on ComicCollectorLive 2,436,235 +0.38% +4.58%
Number of stores open on ComicCollectorLive 66 +4.76% -5.71%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 445,649 -2.42% -8.99%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store: 123,738 +2.14% +14.26%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 27.77% +4.67% +25.26%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Bonanza’s Comics section 173,186 -1.57% -14.27%

 
 

eBay‘s number of listings bounced back to all new highs after last month’s drop. Most of this increase is due to MHC adding 290,000 listings to eBay’s marketplace.

Atomic Avenue: The number of listings have plateaued.

Comic Collector Live gained nearly 5% in their number of storefronts from last month.

HipComic‘s number of listings continues a slow decline.

Bonanza‘s number of listings continues a slow decline.






July 1, 2019

Comics Binge-Reading #2 Monstrous

Filed under: Comics Binge-Reading — Tags: , , — cyberspace steve @ 10:00 am

With years spent reading single issues here and there, juggling storylines of dozens of titles, I decided it was time to find a better way to read comics. So, it was off to the back issue bins armed with the longest want list you’ve ever seen! Putting together series after series and reading them in their complete goodness, I was reborn as the Comics Binge-Reader!

Title: Monstrous
Publisher: Source Point Press
Number of Issues: 4
First Issue: 2018 ($3.99)
Last Issue: 2018 ($3.99)
Writer: Greg Wright
Artist: Ken Lamug

*Warning! Plot Spoilers Below*

In the world of Monstrous, Dr. Frankenstein created an army of robots after his monster tried to destroy him. The monster learned Frankenstein’s secrets and began creating other monsters of his own. Monsters he could not control. Years later Dr. Frankenstein and his monster still seek to destroy each other. However, Monstrous isn’t about this struggle. It’s an anthology set within this world – each issue following a different bunch of characters.

The first issue follows Ilsa as she seeks vengeance against Kurt Venomtooth, the snake monster that killed her father. She enlists the aid of a rabbit monster named Gruber, who is wanted for murder. The duo can make Kurt pay – but at what cost?

In issue two, we meet Hans – the first officer in Dr. Frankenstein‘s Franken-Squad to become a robot/human hybrid. Along with his friend Igor, Hans seeks to free his daughter, Astrid, from the patchwork monster named Oskar.

Three monsters show they’ve got a heart of gold in the third tale. Berta, Gerta and Dirk are tasked with stealing a block of ice containing the frozen body of Dracula from the town of Hampelmann. While they’re escaping with the ice block, they happen upon a mortally wounded woman who has just given birth. She begs them to take care of her child. Now the three must protect this child while Mayor Konrad Sweetwater and the citizens of Hampelmann descend upon them … not to mention that block of ice is starting to melt…

In the final story, Deputy Katarina Schultz oversees the final night at Franken Squad Station 17, a remote jail located high atop Last Chance Mountain. Things get interesting when Maria the Voodoo Priestess and her horde of zombies swarm the jail, looking for Dietrich. Can Deputy Schultz, her father, Boris Raskopf (the jail’s last prisoner – the man who caused Schultz’s father to lose his arm) and fellow cop Dietrich fend off this herd of zombies? They probably could … except for the fact that they quickly discover that they can’t even trust each other!

The Bad: There’s a lot to talk about here but I’m going to start with the smallest concern. Labeling this as a series of comics (issues #1-4) is quite misleading. Since all four stories have no bearing on each other, it would have been better to publish these as four separate one-shots. Discovering this was going to be an anthology was a disappointment since the sequential numbering gave me a different impression.

If that was the only problem I could find against this series, it’d be a masterpiece. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The artwork leaves a lot to be desired. And, while it is certainly functional, it’s also very amateurish. The same could be said of the dialogue, as well. I feel that the creators made a grave misstep by focusing on these little tales rather than telling the more compelling story that this world is built upon.

The Good: The best part about this series is the story upon which this world is built. The brief glimpses of this ongoing conflict between Dr. Frankenstein (and his robot army) and the monsters created by Frankenstein’s monster were the highlights of this read. This series has all the ingredients of a cool off-beat horror story: high concept, Frankenstein, Dracula, zombies, werewolves, voodoo priestesses and “everymen” … unfortunately, the recipe just doesn’t produce a compelling read. The story with the best ending (very Twilight Zone-esque) can be found in the first issue.

In My eBay Store: Monstrous |
In My Atomic Avenue Store: Monstrous | Frankenstein






June 12, 2019

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #106 June 2019

Filed under: Cyberspace Comics Market Report — Tags: — cyberspace steve @ 10:00 am

I started selling comics full-time in 2010 and wanted to track my progress against the online back issue markets. Here’s a look at the current comics aftermarket and my progress in achieving my goal of becoming a prominent back issue dealer.

one month change one year change five year change
Listings in eBay’s comics section 4,511,489 +3.12% +11.29% +74.56%
Cyberspace Comics listings 121,629 +1.58% +9.98% +836.40%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 2.70% -1.25% -1.25% +436.44%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 209,420 -3.59% +33.87% +0.22%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 4.64% -6.60% +20.26% -42.55%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 976,293 -0.02% -16.63%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 21.64% -3.05% -25.09%


Total number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section

My current eBay feedback (unique): 68,362
My current eBay feedback (total): 151,027
My postive eBay feedback score: 100%

one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,569,510 +0.67% +2.64% -8.59%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 113,466 +2.39% +11.20% +58.92%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 7.23% +1.68% +8.39% +73.86%
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders 6.02% -15.33% -18.21% +28.63%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 225,496 +0.55% -12.91%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 50.32% +1.84% +27.68%


Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 174,769 +1.82% +7.30% +81.80%
Number of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive 1,479,993 -0.25% +1.08%
Number of items sold on ComicCollectorLive 2,416,610 +0.36% +4.37%
Number of stores open on ComicCollectorLive 63 -7.35% -11.27%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 471,324 +2.07% -4.71%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store: 118,935 +1.61% +10.32%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 25.23% -0.46% +15.75%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Bonanza’s Comics section 183,819 +3.31% -6.74%

 
 

eBay‘s number of listings continues to reach all new heights.

Atomic Avenue: For the first time, our store now has more than half of every comic listed on this marketplace.

Comic Collector Live lost a significant amount of storefronts. Down over 10% in the past year.

HipComic‘s marketplace has leveled off.

Bonanza‘s marketplace has leveled off.






June 1, 2019

Comics Binge-Reading #1 Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation

Filed under: Comics Binge-Reading — Tags: , , , — cyberspace steve @ 10:00 am

With years spent reading single issues here and there, juggling storylines of dozens of titles, I decided it was time to find a better way to read comics. So, it was off to the back issue bins armed with the longest want list you’ve ever seen! Putting together series after series and reading them in their complete goodness, I was reborn as the Comics Binge-Reader!

Title: Jim Henson‘s Labyrinth: Coronation
Publisher: Boom! Studio’s Archaia line
Number of Issues: 12
First Issue: February 2018 ($3.99)
Last Issue: March 2019 ($3.99)
Writer: Simon Spurrier with Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Daniel Bayliss

*Warning! Plot Spoilers Below*

This tale is set squarely within the confines of the original film. While the film focuses mostly on what Sarah is doing, this series spotlights Jareth the Goblin King as he tells a story to a goblin named Beetleglum. His story begins in the Republic of Venice, in the year 1797, where Lord Albert Tyton has been hiding from familial obligations. When his father demands that he return to London, Albert decides he must leave his commoner wife (Maria) and child behind. To save himself from the embarrassment of the situation, he makes a wish for the Goblins to take his son. Immediately, Maria and the young boy are transported to the Labyrinth. There, they are met by the Owl King – the Lord of the Labyrinth. His enforcer, Septimus (a beast that seems to share the same species as Ludo), takes the boy while Maria is expelled back to Venice.

Through his crystal ball, the Owl King spies Maria, desperate to recover her son. In an arrogant move, he transports her back to the Labyrinth and offers her a challenge. If she can reach the castle at the center of the Labyrinth in thirteen hours, she can have her child back. If not, the Owl King will use the child’s youth to extend his rule over the Labyrinth and cement his tenuous control over the goblins that live there.

Along the way, Maria meets some interesting creatures that help her on her quest. She meets Sir Skubbin, Knight of the Order of the Garderobe in issue #2; a noble-hearted goblin that seems to be failing miserably at being a villain. In issue #4, Maria and Skubbin help free the Tangle (a living tangle of thorny rose branches) from captivity, earning its companionship. Finally, Maria recruits the aid of a pink worm named Cible in issue #6. Cible’s life-goal is to fight for the rights of goblins repressed by the Owl King. Maria and her three companions, along with an army of goblins, end up storming the Owl King’s castle as issue #9 draws to a close.

Will our heroes reach the center of the Labyrinth in time to rescue the child? Can they assist in over-throwing the Owl King’s rule of the goblins? And, just what does this story of a young infant boy have to do with Jareth?

The Bad: As interesting as the characters were in the original film, much of its charm is owed to the Labyrinth itself. The film explores lots of strange places and creatures that reside within the Labyrinth that leave a lasting impression on you. If you’ve seen the film, I’m sure the mere mention of Helping Hands, Door Knockers, or Fireys will spur a visual memory. And, while this story explores a couple new areas and creatures, there are none so memorable as the ones seen in the film.

The Good: If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for more Labyrinth stories for decades. That’s a tough set of shoes to fill for this, the very first Labyrinth series (yes, we’ve had brief stories here and there). However, Simon Spurrier’s decision to embed this story firmly within the original film itself was an excellent idea. He uses familiar dialogue taken right from the movie to continuously cement the timeline you’re experiencing to great effect.

The art by Bayliss is very fitting with the tone of the original film and the characters he uses are instantly recognizable. Even the background goblins he uses are excellent illustrations of minor characters from the movie. His attention to these small details is much appreciated by this long-time Labyrinth fan.

Mirroring the original film’s plot was also an effective way of engaging the reader. It’s like covering a hit song. The creators play the riffs that made the original story so appealing, while giving it an all-new take. This story is also not without its own twists & turns and revelations about some of the characters add new depth to the original film. Many times, comics based on licensed properties fall flat. With Labyrinth: Coronation, that is not the case at all. This will surely catch the interest of any true Labyrinth fan.

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